This is our first test of the season. Absolutely must win. I'm not in the mood for a meltdown.
Yes. It will set the tone. Drake is a good team unlike the 2 teams we beat so far.
If we want to go to the dance this year we need to win this game.
A must win? Are you kidding me?
the only thing this game is a "must win" for is a perfect season.
If we happened to lose this game, there would be many more opportunities to make the NCAAs, so it's not a must win.
that said, we certainly should win and it is a very important game for all the reasons listed in this thread.
As someone else pointed out, the best team in ISU history opened the season with a horrible loss at Drake. In that respect you'd have to say it's not a must-win. BUT...in the interest of putting our program AND theirs back where they belong...YES...it is a must-win.
Like I said before though, we're looking at 8-9 conference wins. That means we probably need 13-14 non-conference wins. Duke, Cal and Notre Dame are going to be very difficult games. We do not want to have to win 10 games in conference. It would be nice, but very difficult.
20 wins does not get you into the Dance. If you don't think Drake is a must win, show me how we get to 22-23 wins by losing to them. It won't be easy.
We should roll in this game...Drake is almost completely freshmen and sophomores except for Young who isn't 100%. We are more athletic by a mile, we should dominate in the paint and on the boards, etc.
But we should have beat Drake, Hawaii, and SDSU last year too...but we didn't.
I still think ISU by 10+ tonight.
Just because it wouldn't be easy doesn't make it impossible.
We could be Duke, Can or ND. We could win 10 or 11 Big 12 games. We could get into the tourney with 20 wins, given our tough schedule.
The point being, this isn't a must win to get into the tourney. There are many paths to the tourney that still exist if we lose this game. But it would be harder.
It seems to me like people are just setting up for a meltdown if we happen to lose tonight by overstating the importance of the third game of the season as a "must win".
In order for us to contend for an NCAA tourney birth we need to win all the games that we are supposed to won. So with that in mind I would say yes
I have 2 friends that were at the Drake game on Saturday (Drake fans). One of them bets a lot and when I told him about this line he freaked out and is putting up a LOT of money on ISU. Both of them said that Drake's frontline is HORRIBLE and got completely dominated against UIPUI or whatever that school is.
We better win, so tired of losing to Drake.
I say must win.....statement game on the road. Go Brack! Go Clones!